- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 30, 2001

What am I bid for two Redskins tickets?
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Aw, come on. Their face value is more than that.
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It's really sad what has happened to the franchise. As one former employee puts it, "What really makes me mad [about the ownership's stumbling and bumbling] is that they've made me hate a team I've always loved."
Adds another victim of Dan Snyder's purges: "I literally have a new favorite team every week. But at least I'm 2-0 and have outscored my opponent 67-3. Let's go, Chiefs!"
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If a Redskin had been suspended a year ago for laying his hands on two officials during a scuffle as is the case now with Dorian Boose wouldn't people be saying, "Norv Turner's players just aren't disciplined enough. He's too laid back"?
But when it happens on Marty Schottenheimer's watch just two games into his first season here no one says a word. Interesting.
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Back after a brief hiatus: the Snyder Poll. (One man's ranking of the various Snyders in the world of sports.)
1. Brad Snyder, shot putter, Canada Set a Canadian record earlier this year with a heave of 20.79 meters (68 feet, 3 inches).
2. Snyder, Texas Won the District 5 Little League championship with a 6-5 extra-inning victory over an Abilene nine.
3. Vivian Snyder, swimmer, UC Davis Posted the Aggies' fastest times last season in the 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 200 butterfly, qualifying for the Division II NCAAs in all three events.
4. Chris Snyder, catcher, University of Houston Played on the U.S. national team over the summer and slugged a triple to help beat Taiwan.
5. Becky Snyder, softball, Syracuse Hit .182 in spot duty for the Orangewomen.
No longer ranked: Dan Snyder (rapidly turning the Redskins into the Rutgers of the NFL).
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Stat of the Week: 40 cents. (How much convicted murderer Rae Carruth makes each day as a janitor at Nash Correctional Institution in North Carolina.)
Talk about cap-friendly.
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The patriotic fervor at Lambeau Field last Monday night reminded me of a newspaper story I once came across in a scrapbook at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It ran on the front page of the Green Bay Press-Gazette in the spring of 1943 under the headline, "Packer Field to Be Plowed Up!" Underneath, a subhead explained, "Victory Gardening to Be Only Sport at City Stadium [home of the Packers]; No Spectators." Accompanying the story was a picture of a horse-drawn plow tearing up the field.
According to the Press-Gazette, the City Council had "decided to convert City Stadium from football to food because of the acute shortage of both fresh and canned vegetables. At first [other parks] were considered as sites, but proponents gave way when it was pointed out that the ticket windows will make ideal outlets both for handing out work assignments and distributing the produce. In addition, the high walls will keep out marauders."
Packers fans were "shocked," the newspaper reported, when they heard about "the city's latest sacrifice for war." But once they recovered, "most admitted the wisdom of turning turf into turnips and other needed articles."
The story ended like this: "Those who wish to volunteer for gardening on the gridiron are advised to get their hoes sharpened, for today is April Fool!"
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You've gotta love Green Bay. I mean, any place that describes itself as "a drinking town with a football problem" …
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"Hearts in Atlantis," Anthony Hopkins' new flick, is a definite must-see if only for the scene in which Hopkins nostalgically recalls Bronko Nagurski's comeback with the Chicago Bears in 1943. Nagurski had been retired for five years when the Bears, desperate for players during the war, talked him into suiting up again. He was too old to play fullback anymore, so they put him at tackle. In the season finale, though, with the team trailing by 10 points and a berth in the championship game at stake, he moved to the backfield and rallied Chicago to victory in the fourth quarter.
Hopkins brings tears to your eyes recounting Bronko's exploits that day "crawling" down the field (when such a tactic was still legal), carrying defenders on his back. I had no idea Stephen King, on whose book the movie was based, was such a football buff. Anyway, go down to the multiplex and check it out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
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The movie does have one small historical error, however. A short time after making reference to "Vice President Richard Nixon," a character talks about Maury Wills closing in on Ty Cobb's stolen-base record. Guess again, Stephen. (Or is it screenwriter William Goldman's slip-up?) Nixon, of course, served as VP from 1953 to 1961. Wills broke Cobb's mark in September of '62.
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Jeff Halpern's time will come, but the Capitals couldn't have picked two better co-captains than Steve Konowalchuk and Brendan Witt. They're hard-working, hard-nosed the very essence of Caps hockey (and very much in the tradition of Rod Langway and Dale Hunter).
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Memo to National League managers: You'd darn well better pitch to Barry Bonds this last week of the season. It would be a crime if he didn't get a fair shot at the home run record because he was too busy breaking the record for walks (170 by Babe Ruth in 1923).
But it wouldn't be the first time something like that happened as loyal reader Butsie Brown of College Park points out. "In 1929," he writes, "the Giants' Mel Ott was battling with the Phillies' Chuck Klein for the home run championship, and in the last game of the season the Phillies' pitchers gave Ott five intentional walks, one with the bases loaded, so he couldn't catch Klein (who finished with 43 homers to Mel's 42)."
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One of the great things about Michael Jordan's return is that he'll take the spotlight off No. 1 pick Kwame Brown and allow the kid to develop at his own pace. Now Kwame can go out and shoot 1-for-8, as 19-year-old rookies are known to do, and nobody will make a big deal of it. (Unless, that is, he does it about 10 nights in a row.)
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And finally, look at it this way: Jordan might be older than a rotary telephone, but he's still younger than John Stockton.


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